Uh oh, another 1/48 Airfix P-40B and then some…
For my second shelter in place build, I decided to go with George Welch’s P-40B Warhawk.
I presume most of you iModeler flyguys have already built squadrons of early Warhawks or Tomahawks by now and/or are familiar with the history of Welch’s bird at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th, so let’s talk styrene.
This is one of Airfix’s better kits with the plastic being of higher quality than usual as it was manufactured in the UK instead of India. The detail seems crisper as well. No serious build problems as long as you take in some of the online tips written on this site and elsewhere and simply follow the kit instructions. Fit is great but tight so it helps to glue some of the parts to one of the fuselage halves and do some test fitting and light sanding prior to sandwiching the whole shebang together. My only complaint is the kit-supplied prop is rather anemic looking.
Pretty much built out of the box, I did use a few aftermarket items: BarracudaCast wheels, PE lap belts and Master-Model odds n ends. Acrylic paints used were Tamiya, Vallejo and Polly S, finished off with Alclad flat lacquer.
This Warhawk was an enjoyable break after a series of building Mustangs and Spits. I highly recommend it. Thumbs up Airfix!
I included extra photos of the oft-maligned Hobbycraft Tomahawk with RT Smith markings that I built in O-16 to try out some EZ Line. I had a good time building that one as well, even though it doesn’t hold a candle to the Airfix Hawk.
Decals and parts are included in this Airfix kit to build Smith’s AVG Tomahawk or Welch’s, so it’s a big win-win for the money.
Thanks for looking.
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